miniCAM5S - Cooled CMOS Camera with Guide Port

The miniCAM5S is designed to be a high-value, multi-purpose camera supporting both deep-space and planetary imaging. The camera uses a high QE, 1.2mega pixel, 1/3inch, 1280x960 CMOS sensor. The mono version has a QE of 75% and the color version is 62%. The miniCAM5S supports 30fps high-speed output at the full 1280x960 resolution and 200fps at 320x240, making it a great planetary camera. It has an efficient two-stage TEC and temperature regulator which can cool the image sensor down to -40C below ambient, making it an ideal deep-space camera. It also has an extremely low readout noise of only 2e- .The high-speed, high-QE cooling system makes the camera ideal for both deep-space and planetary imaging, along with many other scientific applications.

The camera has an industry-standard 5-pin Guide Port (Common, RA+, RA-, DEC+, DEC-). QHYCCD is the first manufacturer using the expensive LEMO-style connector. This assures a solid connection between the camera and other devices. The miniCAM5S hardware supports on-camera guiding with 12-bit image output (QHY5L-II supports 12-bit image output but the on-camera Guide Port does not support 12-bit mode due to multiplexing the lower 4 bits on the data bus).

All miniCAM5S models have full anti-moisture protection, utilizing a built-in heater board to prevent moisture on the CMOS chamber window, as well as a silica gel tube to dry the CMOS chamber when necessary.

This is a dedicated, cooled camera with high QE. It is offered in both color and monochrome versions. If you are looking for an affordable, cooled camera, the miniCAM5S is an excellent choice!

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QE Curve
Guide Port Pin Sequence
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miniCAM5S Spec.

CMOS Sensor
Typical 1/3 inch
Effective Pixel
1280 x 960
Pixel Size
3.75um x 3.75um
Readout Type
Progressive Scan
Electronic rolling shutter
Exposure Time
10us - 1800 sec
Max Speed
1280 x 960, 30FPS; 640 x 480, 106FPS
Pixel Binning
1x1, 2x2
Peak QE
Mono>74%    Color 62%@540nm
AD convert
Readout clock
Readout Noise
High Gain 2e-  Medium Gain 4e-  Low Gain 7e-
Full Well
Mechanical interface
M42/1.25-inch T ring /C mount
Optic glass window
Mono: AR+AR Clear glass
Color: IR cut glass
Silicon gel socket
Two-stage TEC
Max Cooling Temperature
-40C below ambient typical
Weight(Camera only)
Power Consumption
50% Cooling Power 10.7 Watt
Guider Interface
5-pin lemo style industry socket (*Note)
USB2.0 Interface
Price (not include tax)
Note: The camera comes with a 5pin lemo to 6pin RJ11 guide cable
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